A Decade of Colorful Delights

By Nell Nolan, New Orleans Advocate:

Raintree Children and Family services held its 10th annual Paint the Town Green Gala at the Pavilion of Two Sisters, gathering “luminaries from across the region” for an evening of fine cuisine, big bidding, and a tribute to ongoing Raintree volunteer and supporter Kathy Randall (joined by Lee). Proceeds will “benefit Raintree’s programs for foster children and children with developmental disabilities and delays.” It was proudly presented by Angel Wings Foundation.

In keeping with the gala’s name, the tables featured green satin runners and centerpieces of floating calla lilies illuminated in tall glass cylinders. Dishes from more than a dozen generous restaurants fed the flock.

Auction ado was lively and brisk as guests vied for an original James Michalopoulos oil on canvas and a private, in-home dinner donated by Jeff Mattia, the Royal Sonesta executive chef. Silent auction items included an “NCIS: New Orleans” onset visit, fine art, jewelry, and sports memorabilia.

Within the high-profile pack were gala Co-Chairwomen Lana Duke, Deborah Alciatore-Empey and Cindy Paulin, who was joined by husband Ron. Also, master of ceremonies Mark Romig, Raintree Executive Director LaShawna Schofield, auction Chairwoman Olivia Ventola and Chad, board President Kenny Malter and Gina Picone, Lisa Romano of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, Dr. and Mrs. Kamran Khoobehi, James Michalopoulos, Ronnie Maines, Cory James, Price LeBlanc (Lexus of New Orleans) and Christine, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Richard, Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Barnett and Wade and Carol Verges. To name some of the assembly of 300-plus, who enjoyed an evening of great food and drinks while raising funds for kids.

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